Blake Lawrence

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Blake Lawrence

BPsych Hons., PhD

Blake is currently working as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Ear Science Institute Australia and an Adjunct Research Fellow at The University of Western Australia. Blake completed his Honours degree in psychology at Curtin University in 2014 and a PhD in cognitive psychology at Curtin University in 2017. Blake’s PhD research examined the therapeutic potential of computerised cognitive training and non-invasive brain stimulation for improving cognitive function in people with Parkinson’s Disease and mild cognitive impairment. Prior to joining Ear Science Institute Australia, Blake completed postdoctoral research at Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia, and at Cancer Council NSW in Sydney, New South Wales.

Blake is currently applying his knowledge of cognitive training interventions to develop a new area of research examining the potential benefit of combining cognitive training with auditory training for improving cognitive function in adult cochlear implant recipients. He is also conducting meta-analyses and systematic reviews to evaluate the existing evidence examining the relationships between hearing loss, cognition, and depression in older adults.

Top publications:

Lawrence BJ, Jayakody DMP, Henshaw H, Ferguson MA, Loftus AM, Eikelboom RH, Friedland PL. Auditory and cognitive training for cognition in older adults with hearing loss: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Trends in Hearing. 22; 2018. doi: 10.1177/2331216518792096

Lawrence BJ, Gasson N, Johnson AR, Booth L, Loftus AM. Cognitive training and transcranial direct current stimulation for mild cognitive impairment in Parkinson’s Disease. Parkinson’s Disease. 1-12; (2018). doi: 10.1155/2018/4318475

Lawrence BJ, Gasson N, Troeung L, Bucks RS, Loftus AM. Cognitive training and non-invasive brain stimulation for cognition in Parkinson’s Disease: A meta-analysis. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair. 31(7):597-608; 2017. doi: 10.1177/1545968317712468

Lawrence BJ, Gasson N, Loftus AM. Prevalence and subtypes of mild cognitive impairment in Parkinson’s Disease. Scientific Reports. 6: e33929; 2016. doi: 10.1038/srep33929